staff mobility

DCU staff teaching and training mobilities

DCU International Office

Staff mobility helps foster cross-border collaboration, the sharing of best practice, the comparison of teaching and laboratory practices, and the internationalisation of our university. It not only helps staff, but greatly benefits our students.

We strongly encourage DCU staff to avail of the opportunities open to them to teach or train at international institutions. Most of these mobilities are supported by Erasmus+, but other options are available -- see below.

I have received support from the Erasmus Teaching Mobility on several occasions since 2014.  It has enabled me to lecture on several European School of Antennas PhD Summer Schools in Bologna, Braunschweig and Louvain-la-Neuve. It has been a great way to build and maintain links with my colleagues in Europe and to get to know the next generation of antennas and propagation researchers. The funding process is quite straightforward and our colleagues at the International Office were so helpful in guiding me through it.  There are requirements regarding the number of hours spent teaching but these are very reasonable and easily met. I would recommend it to any academics who are keen to get involved in teaching on a wider stage and would be happy to talk informally to anyone interested. 

Dr Conor Brennan, School of Electronic Engineering

 Erasmus+ staff mobility

Find out more about Erasmus for Staff, including details of funding for travel and subsistence. Additional support is available for staff with special needs.

 Erasmus+ teaching

Full-time DCU academic and teaching staff in any discipline can teach at one of our partner institutions, once that institution agrees. Your trip:

  • Must be between two and five days (excluding travel days)
  • Include a minimum of eight hours’ teaching
  • Can be taken at any time, but must be completed by September 30 in the current academic year
 Erasmus+ training

DCU academic and administrative staff can undertake training at any participating institution. Qualifying activities include: job shadowing, training events, workshops and secondments. Conferences are not funded. Your trip:

  • Must be between two and five days (excluding travel days)
  • Include a minimum of eight hours’ training
  • Can be a combination of teaching and training for academic/teaching staff
Other training options 

Staff may also participate in a structured group staff training week provided by an overseas institution.  Find details of the structured and tailored Staff Training weeks available from IMotion Staff Week Search  and ShipCon.

Erasmus+Delta scholarship 

DCU academic and teaching staff are also eligible for the Erasmus+ DELTA Scholarship, which is designed to enable you to enhance your professional development through a training period in another European country. Further information about DELTA

How to apply for an Erasmus+ mobility

Contact the Erasmus Officer in the DCU International Office. You must complete and submit:

Other forms 

While you are away, you must ask your host institution to sign and stamp your Confirmation of Attendance Dates Certificate. 

When you return, you must complete a Grant Acknowledgement Form and complete and submit a final report, which will be sent to the European Commission. If you don’t submit the report, you’ll have to return some or all of your EU mobility grant. 

 Travel and expenses

Please book your travel and accommodation through your school or unit office. The International Office will reimburse your school or unit.

Submit your expense claims through CoreHR in the usual way, but ask your line manager to forward your claim to exchange@dcu.ie

Other information 

Brexit and Erasmus (updated regularly)

 Other international mobility opportunities
 Government of Ireland Academic Staff Mobility Programme

Government of Ireland Academic Staff Mobility Programme

This is an Irish Government fund designed to support the internationalisation of higher education in Ireland. It supports collaboration or activity designed to foster collaboration. 

Discover more about the eligibility criteria, other conditions and how to apply in this programme call

Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP) 

Academic staff, including recent PhD graduates, can apply to the visiting faculty programme at this Mexican university, a DCU partner. Participants are paid to teach and research for up to 18 weeks at UDLAP. Full details available here.

 Boston University Fellowship programme

Each year, DCU nominates one full-time academic member of staff for a four-week fellowship at Boston University. This fellowship includes full library access, airfare, accommodation and a stipend for meals, but it does not include a salary. 

Once the International Office announces the application window each year, you can apply using this form [LINK to form].

Due to Covid-19, the 2020/21 competition for this fellowship has been suspended. The call for applications should be re-announced later in 2020.